Alexis Tsipras’s government is floundering in its own contradictions and risks taking the country down with it.
The prime minister took on the responsibility of an agreement with our partners and creditors in order to stave off a collapse. It was the responsible thing to do, yet there are those in his party who believe the opposite. Ministers announce measures and then go back on them. Public coffers are dry and banks are wholly reliant on the European Central Bank. The economy has come to a standstill after losing the weak momentum it had managed to drum up in the last quarter of 2014 and investors have all but given up on Greece.
All of these factors have created an explosive climate that could very well lead to major upheaval. Greece is running out of powerful allies in the eurozone and the patience of our creditors is wearing thin.
Mistakes were made, partly out of inexperience and obstinacy. Tsipras needs to overcome his internal contradictions and get his government on the same page. The opposition, meanwhile, needs to throw its weight behind reforms, but first there needs to be a plan about where the country is going – because right now, there appears to be no plan; not even a target.